Available on DVD for the first time and performed by the dancers of the remarkable Halau O Kekuhi, Holo Mai Pele tells the epic saga of the rivalry between Pelehonuamea, goddess of the volcano, and her youngest and favorite sister Hi'iakaikapoliopele. The one-hour performance weaves together archetypal themes of creation, love, and betrayal into a sweeping dramatic performance. This rare legacy of chants and dances as passed down through generations in Hawai'i was originally broadcast in an exciting adaptation for Dance In America on PBS. Learn More
In Hawai`i music has always been much more than a form of entertainment. It has been a key to Hawaiian culture. This one-hour documentary explores the sources of a complex tradition, from early chants and the 19th century gospel influences, to the work of composers who flourished between the 1870s and the 1920s, for whom Hawaiian was still a first language.